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1K Friends 2022 webinar series: Is your community ready for an active summer?

Updated: Apr 13



Summer is right around the corner! Thanks to an extensive recreational trail network, Wisconsin is full of possibilities for hikers and bikers of all ages and abilities. Join us for our May webinar and hear about different ways to build community through outdoor recreation, and bring your questions about group rides, inclusive biking, and trail building.


The webinar is free, but registration is required: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqc-isrDopHtIHazPbxI1JU64eQY89oHpv


Michelle Bachaus is Community Engagement Manager at the Wisconsin Bike Federation. Michelle bikes and walks for transportation and enjoys how active transportation connects people and communities. She has traveled by bike on several self supported trips and loves to share stories and encourage others.


James Longhurst (he/him) is a historian of urban and environmental policy at UW-La Crosse with a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and two books, Bike Battles: A History of Sharing the American Road (2015) and Citizen Environmentalists (2010). James volunteers his time for a variety of active transportation policy projects and is currently a member of the Committee on Transit and Active Transportation of the La Crosse Area Planning Committee. He was named “Advocate of the Year” by the Wisconsin Bike Fed in 2016, and he is on the board of directors of 1000 Friends of Wisconsin. James is an everyday cyclist, slow roadie, reformed triathlete, social rider, gravel grinder, amateur mechanic, and shop intern.

Amy Lord, Outreach and Education Manager at the Ice Age Trail Alliance, began her Alliance adventure in 2018. Through outreach events, she promotes the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and the Alliance to a broad audience. Amy raises awareness through presentations to community groups, hosts expo booths, and leads hikes. In addition, she plans and leads Trailtessa Retreats designed to introduce women to the Trail, manages the youth education Saunters program, and spearheads the Mammoth Hike Challenge. She also oversees the Ice Age Trail Community initiative, a synergistic effort to promote the communities through which the Trail travels. Amy lives in Black Earth with her husband, Eric. They love to garden, kayak, fish, hike, and snowshoe, and they enjoy taking the scenic route when heading to a flea market.

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